Monthly Archives: March 2016

Glengarry Glen Ross – Theatre Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, Scottsdale

Even for those who have seen the play, the meaning behind the title of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Glengarry Glen Ross often eludes.  In true Mamet form where the author has taught that a play should move in proportion to how much the writer can leave out, the title tells you nothing.  And […]

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City of Gold – Film Review

At the opening of the new documentary City of Gold from director Laura Gabbert, there’s a quote.  It says, “First we eat, then we do everything else.”  The quote is from M.F.K. Fisher, an American food writer, and it puts what we’re about to see in perspective. The city of the title is Los Angeles.  […]

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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre, Phoenix

She was born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, 1915, though some say her birth certificate reads Elinore Harris. Her professional name was Billie Holiday, a combination of silent movie actress Billie Dove and her father, Clarence Holiday (even though his last name is often listed as Halliday), but it was music partner Lester Young who nicknamed […]

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Easter Mysteries – Special Presentation: Film Review

Even though market research appeared to indicate otherwise, faith-based audiences have shown little to almost no interest in recent faith-based films.  Risen failed to draw audiences out of their homes, while the more recent The Young Messiah couldn’t survive an overwhelming savage response from reviewers.  Hollywood has to be nervous, particularly after seeing its large […]

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Eye in the Sky – Film Review

Think back to the recent Good Kill with Ethan Hawke.  If you saw that 2015 indie drama then you’re already familiar with the kind of dilemma facing the men and women of the military who fly their craft not from a cockpit but from a computer station inside what looks like an abandoned site for […]

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Theatre Review, National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

If the plot of a struggling young man in Edwardian England who discovers he’s ninth in line to earn a title sounds familiar, it should; especially when that young man murders the eight other heirs standing before him.  It’s from the 1949 Alec Guinness and Dennis Price black comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets. When author […]

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